The United States' winning streak in the women's eight came to a dramatic end today as Romania clinched the gold medal at the World Rowing Championships in Sarasota-Bradenton.
The American team, who had not lost a major race since 2006, could only manage fourth place in front of their home crowd.
Romania took the crown in a time of 6min 06.400sec as they finished ahead of Canada and New Zealand.
"This is a dream come true to win here in America," the team said after the race.
"We’ve always dreamed of doing this.
"The next years look promising.”
Germany ended a run of near-misses in the men's eight race at major events as they claimed the title on the final day of action .
The German team, the London 2012 Olympic gold medallists, had finished second at Rio 2016 and the 2015 World Championships but returned to the summit of the podium with a clinical display today.
They completed the course in a world leading time of 5:26.850sec, crossing the line in front of the teams from the United States and Italy, who were second and third respectively.
"Honestly, I think the work in the two months before this event was so much tougher than the actual race," Germany's Hannes Ocik said.
"Staying focused for so long was a real challenge.
"It was such a good feeling crossing the finish line today.”
Ondřej Synek of the Czech Republic, a three-time Olympic medallist, claimed his fifth world title as he stormed to victory in the men's single sculls in 6:40.640.
Cuba's Angel Fournier Rodriguez was the recipient of the silver medal, while bronze went to Thomas Barras of Britain.
Olympic finallist Jeannine Gmelin of Switzerland sealed the women's single sculls honours by clocking 7:22.580.
Britain's Victoria Thornley, the European champion, finished second and Magdalena Lobnig of Austria was third.
John Storey and Chris Harris of New Zealand secured the men's double sculls title as they crossed the line in a time of 6:10.070, edging the Polish duo of Miroslaw Zietarski and Mateusz Biskup.
Filippo Mondelli and Luca Rambaldi of Italy came through to take bronze.
New Zealand also claimed victory in the women's double sculls thanks to Brooke Donoghue and Olivia Loe, who clocked 6:45.080 to claim gold ahead of Meghan O’Leary and Ellen Tomek of the United States and Australia's Olympia Aldersey and Madeleine Edmunds, silver and bronze medallists respectively.
The lightweight men's four crown was sealed by Italy, whose time of 5:59.600 was enough to beat Russia and Germany.